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Microsoft Edge taps AI to make grainy images look nice and crisp in your browser

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If images begin to look sharper on Microsoft Edge compared to other browsers, there's a reason for that. Microsoft is building in what it calls a "Turing Image Super Resolution engine" into Microsoft Edge, "upscaling" low-resolution images with higher fidelity. In effect, Edge will create a higher-resolution image using artificial intelligence, where it didn't exist before. Upscaling isn't new; Adobe Lightroom's Super Resolution allows you to upscale a 12 megapixel image to 48MP, for example, to print larger prints. TopazLabs' Gigapixel AI is a dedicated, paid tool to do the same, and there are other free services available on the Web that will perform the same services with varying results.


Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will power tomorrow's best Android phones

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Premium Android smartphones will have a new Qualcomm Snapdragon processor option when they debut this fall: The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which will boost GPU performance by about 10 percent while tacking on an extra hour of battery life. Qualcomm also announced the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, a similar upgrade to its next performance tier of Snapdragon processors. According to Qualcomm, the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will power phones by Asus ROG, Black Shark, Honor, iQOO, Lenovo, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, Oppo, OSOM, Realme, RedMagic, Redmi, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE when the phones debut in the third quarter. Honor, OPPO, and Xiaomi will use the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 beginning in the second quarter. According to Mike Roberts, the vice president of global product marketing for Qualcomm, the justification for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is a simple one: the company sees more consumers turning to premium smartphones.


Grab a Vizio soundbar for just $100, today only

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It's a great day to improve your home entertainment set-up. Woot via Amazon is selling the refurbished Vizio V-Series 2.1 channel soundbar for $100, today only. The deal ends just before midnight Pacific time on Monday. It's normal to be a little squeamish about refurbished products, but Amazon offers a few guarantees. First, it has a 90-day guarantee for replacement or refund.


Windows 11 gets smarter, tests AI-powered 'suggested actions'

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Email apps in particular have become smarter, so that references to a web page or an embedded phone number can be transformed into links. Now Windows 11 is getting into the game, but as part of a new experimental feature called "Suggested Actions." Windows 11 Build 25115 for the Windows Insider Dev Channel, released this week, doesn't offer much in the way of new features or fixes, although Windows' speech platform has been tweaked to allow better voice activity detection and better guesses of where punctuation should be inserted during dictation. But Suggested Actions is something new. Remember, since this is a Dev Channel release, there are no guarantees that this feature will be released to the Stable Channel of Windows 11.


The 5 coolest things at Google I/O

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Google has become synonymous with powerful search, incredible hardware, and quirky, fun technology. Unfortunately, that includes stretching the limits of privacy and a reputation for giving up on its product lines too soon. But these negatives notwithstanding, Google is at it again at its Google I/O event near its company headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., enticing developers and consumers alike with a number of new hardware products, software and services. Yes, Google just revealed new Pixel phones, including the Pixel 6A and the Pixel 7. But those weren't the coolest technologies Google showed off on Wednesday.


Google's Immersive View for Maps looks incredible

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For years, users of Google Maps have had numerous tools to navigate the planet: Street View, 3D representations, and more. Now Google is adding Immersive View, combining real-world imagery and artificial intelligence to make 3D maps even more lifelike. Google made the announcement at Google I/O, its annual developer conference, held for the first time in three years at the Shoreline Ampitheatre in Mountain View, Calif. "Around the world, we've mapped around 1.6 billion buildings, and over 60 million kilometers of roads today," Pichai said. "Some remote and rural areas have previously been difficult to map due to scarcity of high-quality imagery, and distinct building types and terrain.


Tidy up your house with this sale on Anker robot vacuums, today only

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There are so many devices these days that make our lives remarkably easier, but one of the best has to be the robot vacuum. It gets under the couch more easily and you don't have to set aside time to tidy up the floor. Right now, you can jump into the cleanest part of the smart home revolution for a little bit less. Amazon has a one-day sale on Eufy's Anker robot vacuums. The deals end just before midnight Pacific time on Wednesday evening. The best deal today is the Anker RoboVac X8 Hybrid, which is on sale for $400.


Qualcomm is using AI to supercharge your phone's cellular signal

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In smartphones, "AI" is often used to enhance the look and quality of your photos. Qualcomm said that it's going even further, using AI to improve the cellular performance and coverage of your 5G smartphone as well. Specifically, Qualcomm claims that it's building AI capabilities into its modems to improve their signal coverage, further refining the range of all the radios connected to the device, including 4G and 5G. The AI technology will be included in the Snapdragon X70 modem that should ship this year and appear in smartphones in 2023. Qualcomm used the occasion of its 5G Summit to make the announcements, many of which are designed to improve the performance of the short-range, high-speed millimeter-wave (mmWave) technology.


Get this lightning fast HyperX gaming mouse for just $25

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Looking to upgrade your mouse? Amazon is selling the HyperX Pulsefire Raid wired gaming mouse for $25. To get the deal, you have to click the $5 off coupon underneath the price on the product page. We haven't reviewed the Pulsefire Raid, but HyperX makes pretty good gear. Plus, the mouse is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars with more than 1,000 ratings on Amazon. This device is very Razer-esque in shape, which isn't a bad design to emulate at all.


12 popular Google Doodle games you can still play

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Most Google Doodles revolve around art that transforms the iconic search engine's logo to celebrate anniversaries and special events, or to raise awareness of ongoing issues, like recent ones that shone a spotlight on Route 66 and Teacher Appreciation Day. But a few times each year, the Google Doodle team goes one step further and cranks out some high-quality games that take the drawings to another level. Usually these games are meant to last anywhere from 2 to 20 minutes, though some last even an hour or more. In no particular order, here are some of the best Google Doodle games you can still play. Pac-Man is a timeless classic, so it only makes sense to kick off our list with this world-famous 1980s' arcade game.